August 2018 News & Views
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A Message from the Director
I just took out the salmon for this week's Salmon Bake. There are only three more after this week! That seems shocking to me. A month from today the summer season will be over at Seabeck. We get a couple of empty days around Labor Day and then we start a very busy fall. 
Speaking of busy, we are having a great year so far. Through June 30th, we are up 20% in Guest Days, meals served and income over the same point in 2017. The summer has been full, and the fall looks great. 2018 will be a great year!
We will finish 2018 with a Friends of Seabeck Weekend on December 8-10. This will allow our guests to enjoy the Kitsap Historical Society's Mill Town Christmas on the afternoon of the 9th. We plan to have a special dinner on Saturday night that will showcase the special skills of Mark Regan, the new Food Service Director. We will also help decorate the campus and make some gifts to give the kids attending Mill Town. It's a great time of year to see Seabeck. I hope you will join the fun. More information and registration will be available in September.
The Pines Capital Campaign hit an important mark last week. Thanks to the generosity of Seabeck Family Camp and its members, we crossed the $1,000,000 mark! We are making a strong push to get to $1.2 million by the fall so we can start asking various Foundations to join with us. We have sold lots of bricks, but there is room for more. Now is a great time to give to the campaign. Being able to leverage support from Foundations will move the needle in big amounts very quickly.
We have delayed the start of the building that will replace Pines until September of 2019. All the signs pointed to the delay. Construction prices just increased due to tariffs, our permits are not in hand and most importantly, the campaign hasn't raised enough money to date. The whole point of the Pines project to help secure Seabeck's future prosperity. Going into huge debt is too big of a risk at this point.  I believe that all of those factors will change in our favor over the next 12 months. I am confident that the new Pines will open in Spring 2020. Pigs will fly!
The portable classrooms that will be used while Pines in under construction will arrive on August 20th.  We will be able to use them in addition to Pines for a few months. That should help us serve even more groups this fall and winter. I also hope to get the Pines parking lot installed and run the utilities to the site. That would mean an even quicker start in 2019. We could get the building up in the drier months of September and October if the site work is done beforehand.
Thanks for all your support and friendship!

Strange Holes Appear at Seabeck

An  alert guest pointed out there were strange holes in some of the trees near the campfire circle. When we investigated, they appeared to be man-made. They had very smooth, straight sides and were square shaped. I figured some group had decided to bore into these great old trees. Upon further review (Google), we discovered they are woodpecker installed art. I guess they are going after bugs and then just keep going. At least he's not banging on the flagpole any more. Tree Wound Compound is on the way from Amazon!

A Special Thanks to Shannon Rose

Thank you Shannon, for creating and taking care of all the beautiful planters around the campus. Guests have noticed and have been coming in the office to compliment your work.

Shannon is married to our Facilities Director, John White. She volunteers her time to take care of the plants at Seabeck. 


A Bed & Breakfast in Seabeck

We get asked all the time if there is a Bed & Breakfast in Seabeck? It turns our that two of our long-time Seabeck residents (and Seabeck guests), have a great one near our campus called Eaglewood at Seabeck.

Here is a review that is listed on the site:

"Great place to stay while visiting the Hood Canal area. Very close to Scenic Beach, Guillemot Cove, and Seabeck town. The beaches are beautiful and we even got to harvest some clams at Guillemot Cove. All the  conveniences yet you feel like a world away from the busy Seattle area. Our family of four truly enjoyed our stay in which every detail was looked after, like the Discover Pass, tips for hikes, extra towels, fast WIFI, well equipped kitchenette... and even a Smores Kit! I could not name all the great things and special touches but they are super hosts. David and Lisa's place was the perfect size, giving the kids and us some space to rest at the end of a day of exploring. The patio area, sports court and the fire pit is a dream back yard. Kids testimonial from 5 and 9 year old: "Loved the decorations, the (porch) swing, all the games, and the visit from a bunny."

Check out the details here.

September Retreat Space Available
Friday - Sunday, September 14-16, 2018

We had a group cancel, so there is weekend retreat space available. The following houses are open:
Salal, Reeser, Hemlock, Madrona, Tamarack, Pines, Maples, Firs, Meeting House and Juniper.

If you are interested, or know a group that might be, please call us at 360-830-5010 or email us at

There doesn't seem to be anyone that knows anything about the Totem Pole in front of Chuck's house. Does anyone out there have the answer?

Make your best guess and send it to

What was the name of the hotel (that is now the Inn), and what year was it built?

VERSION 1:  The current Inn was built in 1869 and was called the Eagle Hotel. The United States Hotel was built in 1857 and was torn down in 1869. (Chuck)

VERSION 2:  The United States Hotel was built by William Warin, James Jamison, and Robert Condon.  It was later sold to Marshall Blinn and renamed the Eagle Hotel.  Blinn sold it to Denny when he moved to Hunt's Point. (Fred Just)

Look Who's at Seabeck When You're Not!

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The Mission of the Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.) is to help people transform their lives for the better, through research, education, and application of core concepts found in the Edgar Cayce readings and kindred materials that seek to manifest the love of God and all people and promote the purposefulness of life, the oneness of God, the spiritual nature of humankind, and the connection of body, mind, and spirit.

Edgar Cayce
(1877-1945) founded the non-profit Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.) in 1931, to explore spirituality, holistic health, intuition, dream interpretation, psychic development, reincarnation, and ancient mysteries-all subjects that frequently came up in the more than 14,000 documented psychic readings given by Cayce.
With an international headquarters in Virginia Beach, Va., a regional headquarters in Houston, regional representatives throughout the U.S., Edgar Cayce Centers in 37 countries, and individual members in more than 70 countries, the A.R.E. community is a global network of individuals.

A.R.E. conferences, international tours, camps for children and adults, regional activities, and study groups allow like-minded people to gather for educational and fellowship opportunities worldwide.

They have a website just for the Seabeck A.R.E. Spring and Summer retreats.

The New Pines Campaign

We have a desire to continue to offer our services for many years to come. Seabeck Conference Center is happy to serve people like you, and we invite you to be a part of our legacy. Your donation will help us build a new Pines that will be a place for future generations to gather.

All gifts are welcome. Seabeck Conference Center is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and your contribution may be tax deductible. If you have any questions, please contact our Executive Director, Chuck Kraining at (360) 830-5010 or email him at

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